Genesis: Haibun of Jonathan McKeown
“For close to a decade, I have been reading Jonathan McKeown’s haibun, both as an editor and as a reader. Even now, after reading his collection Genesis, I am still in awe of the humanity Jonathan brings into his stories.”
— Mike Montreuil
Jonathan McKeown’s Genesis is a masterly collection of haibun about beginnings, the possibilities inherent in every moment. Numerous epigraphs — from the Bible to Kierkegaard and others — help shape this theme. To speak of beginnings is to give rise to memories, which creates a rich memoir exploring the meaning of existence.
No Man is an Island . . . but for the human . . . — Genesis 2:20 This morning I disturbed a grey heron’s reverie, walking out along the broken vertebrae of jagged rocks to Barlings Island. It watched a while, how far I’d come. Too close, evidently. Uplifting itself, banking into the breeze, it wafted off around the head, needing a certain distance to be at ease. Heron-like, I stood a while, beneath ashes of a Lenten moon . . . A pair of pied cormorant were fishing around the rocks, alternate heads, appearing, disappearing . . . tyre tracks in the sand a lobster shell, remains of a fire
Size: 6″ x 9″
Binding: perfect softbound
Year Published: 2022